Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc

This interdisciplinary postgraduate programme introduces the problems, knowledge and practice of human-computer interaction and ergonomics. The programme aims to teach students, through information, demonstration, exploration and application, a scientific human-centred approach to the design and evaluation of a wide range of interactive systems and products, and their contexts of use.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: up to 3 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£10,130 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£24,400 (FT) £N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class degree in computer science, psychology or ergonomics or a minimum of an upper second-class degree in a computer science-, psychology-, or ergonomics-related field (e.g. interface design, business IT, product design). Account will be taken of any relevant practical or work experience.

Attention must be given to the instructions in writing the personal statement.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

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Degree Information

Students develop an understanding of the theoretical relevance, and application of human physical, cognitive, social and affective knowledge, to the design of interactive systems and consideration of user experience. They are able to characterise human-computer interaction and user-centred design styles and apply them to software and hardware for interactive system and product design.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two double core modules (30 credits each), four optional modules (15 credits each) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible up to three years is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), full-time three months or flexible up to two years is offered.

Core Modules

  • Interactive Design: The Design and Evaluation of Interactive Systems
  • Interaction Sciences: Theory, Concepts and Research MEthods in HCI


  • Affective Interaction
  • Future Interfaces
  • Human Factors of Healthcare
  • Physical Computing and Prototyping
  • Special Topics in Human-Computer Interaction


The MSc project gives students the opportunity to conduct research in the area of human-computer interaction under the supervision of a member of UCLIC staff. Many students also choose to work with external companies. The project is assessed by a written dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical work, group work, field studies, laboratory projects, and visits to organisations and research establishments. Case studies and other techniques are presented by guest lecturers. Assessment is through practical work, individual coursework, unseen and written examinations and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates are employed by consultancies, government agencies, commercial organisations and commercial research laboratories.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Interaction Designer, Thomson Reuters (2013)
  • Information Architect, Transport for London (2011)
  • User Experience Designer, IKEA (2013)
  • Web Design, eBay (2011)
  • User Experience Manager, Net-A-Porter (2012)
  • Human Factors Specialist, NATS (2012)
  • User Experience Designer, Which? (2012)


Our Human-Computer Interaction and Ergonomics MSc is highly regarded by our colleagues in industry. Graduates from our programme have gone on to work as user experience researchers/designers, information architects, usability specialists and researchers. There is a large network of alumni working both locally within London as well as globally beyond. Events are organised throughout the academic year to introduce students to the alumni network so that they can become fully prepared to take the next step on their career path upon graduating.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is taught through the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), a leading UK Centre of Excellence in human-computer interaction, working collaboratively with industry and the research community and drawing on the best scientific traditions in computer science and the human sciences. UCLIC, and before it the UCL Ergonomics Unit, have provided training in this field for over thirty years.

The programme covers a wide variety of relevant subjects, and students benefit from visits made to organisations and research establishments. We have a large network of alumni working both locally within London and internationally. We organise events throughout the academic year to introduce our students to our alumni network so that they can become fully prepared to take the next step on their career path upon graduating.

The MSc research project allows students to undertake cutting-edge research in human-computer interaction. Many former projects have been published and presented at leading international conferences, such as the ACM CHI conference.

Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Degree reviews

Student review

"I have always wanted to study abroad and UCL has an interntionally recognized course in HCI. I visited UCL shortly after applying and was impressed by the quality of lecturers, research, student work and industry connections. It's central location in London was also a deciding factor."

Elli Pangopoulos

Human Computer Interaction and Ergonomics MSc
Student review

"I applied to UCL because it's a first-rate university with world-leading research. UCL Interaction Centre is well-known worldwide, had great industry connections, and its prime location in London allows for further industry and networking opportunities."

Kia Zhang

Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc
Student review

"The sheer intensity and pace of the studies at UCL. Whilst demanding, it ensures a certain breadth and depth to the material covered, which is where the true value lies."

Dominic Hey

Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics MSc

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with appropriate backgrounds in psychology, computer science or a related discipline who wish to develop the transferable skills and independent learning ability to equip them for future positions in industrial, academic or consultancy environments in the field of human-computer interaction.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016
Please note: It is mandatory that all prospective students whose first language is not English must provide proof of a good level of English proficiency by sending the scores for one of the tests shown.

For more information see our Applications page.

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